W. P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship

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Created: June 17, 2013


York University invites candidates to apply for a contractually limited appointment for a term of up to two (2) years to engage in groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research and development that will advance libraries and librarianship. The W. P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship Research provides an exciting opportunity to accelerate the development of e-librarianship in support of research, teaching, learning or scholarly communications. The research may be interdisciplinary, with a context that is broader than academic librarianship, but should be clearly defined and articulated and of interest to the academic library community.

A strong commitment to research in any relevant area of e-librarianship is required, including but not limited to e-learning, digital collections and archives, digital stewardship, linked data, liberation technology, social media, user experience, interface design, digital humanities and/or scholarly communications. We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches that engage with theoretical models from disciplines outside of information studies. The Chair must have demonstrated success in directing and conducting research or a large project. As a member of the YUL complement, the successful candidate will contribute in an area of the libraries suited to the candidate's area of expertise.

  • The holder of the Chair (the Chairholder) will be required to provide an annual report of research activities to the University Librarian.
  • The Chairholder is required to provide a W.P. Scott lecture or symposium relating to the theme of their research. This would be open to the professional library community.
  • The Chairholder is required to provide a presentation to members of York University Libraries and others on the results of their activities.

For further information about the Research Chair please see: http://www.library.yorku.ca/cms/e-librarianship/

  • Minimum of an ALA-accredited M.L.S., Master's of Archival Studies, or recognized equivalent.
  • Further post-graduate degrees or related work experience is preferred
  • Record of research achievement or demonstrated experience with research project management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

The position is a contractually limited appointment with a term of up to two (2) years at the Adjunct Librarian level. The appointment start date is April 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Librarians at York University have academic status and are members of the York University Faculty Association bargaining unit (http://www.yufa.org/). Salary is commensurate with qualifications. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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The deadline for applications is November 15, 2013. Applicants must send a five-page letter of interest relating their qualifications and outlining their proposed project, a current curriculum vitae and letters from three referees to:

Chair, Appointment Committee for the
W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship Research
York University Libraries, 516 Scott Library
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
Fax 416-736-5451

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